Toothbrushes have been with us, in one form or another, for thousands of years. The more or less modern concept was invented in China in 1498, and the brush with nylon bristles so familiar to us today first saw the light of day in the 1930s.
We've all heard it a hundred times: you need to brush and floss regularly, ideally twice daily, to maintain optimal dental hygiene for life. But in spite of the general knowledge of the importance of flossing, only around 40% of US adults actually floss even once a day on average.
Good oral health and dental hygiene is good for your heart. There is research showing that cardiovascular disease and heart health conditions in general are less of a risk if you have a healthy mouth.
Poor dental and oral hygiene can lead to a host of problems, including gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, chronic bad breath, and even infections and inflammations that spread from the mouth to other parts of the body.
Oral and dental health easily ranks among the most important areas of your overall health you need to constantly monitor and care for. And yet, oral health is often neglected, both because of an aversion to seeing the dentist and because of the seeming tediousness of upholding good home oral hygiene practices on a continual basis.